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Laura Chenault writes about art and her life in Southern New Jersey. She enjoys exploring and hanging out at home with her husband and two cats.

Random Journal Page 160 "Tape Worm"

Random Journal Page 160 "Tape Worm" by Laura Chenault has images of beads, skulls, and perforated papers on the left. The right side has a copy transfer of a skeletal creature over gray circles in a grid.

Another random spread from one of my sketchbooks.

Random Journal Page 159

Random Journal Page 159 "Marvelously Detached" by Laura Chenault features bright yellow flowers in the background with a photo of a train at night lit up in yellows and golds. Words are cut out and arranged on top to say, "Even the sun, with all its warmth, is marvelously detached." Text is attributed to "Prison Graffito"

This week's random journal page from one of my many sketchbooks The text is attributed to "Prison Graffito" and says "Even the sun, with all its warmth, is marvelously detached." 

Random Journal Page 158

Random Journal Page 158 by Laura Chenault is a spread with graph paper on the left and a gray background on the right. Seventeen different types of cutting implements are organized in somewhat symmetrical patterns across both pages.

This week's random page from one of my many sketchbooks is dominated by things that cut. Scissors are an integral part of my artistic practice, so I was attracted to some magazine review of these various cutting tools.

Random Journal Page 157

Random Journal Page 157 by Laura Chenault is a two page spread. On the left is three birds in circles, a cover torn off a notepad and a found tag that says "baby hand" with a primitive drawing of a hand. The right side says "about our cover story and has an admit one sticker, a fortune cookie fortune, some scrap paper, and a copy transfer of a snake skeleton.

I'm back after almost a month! Life is a bit crazy and I had to sit down and scan a stack of books. I finally sat down and did that last week, so rejoice! New work coming your way.

This week's spread from my journals is the inside front cover. Ephemera, memorabilia, random bits given to me... come together in a nice subtle piece. I call it: about our cover story.

Random Journal Page 156

Random Journal Page 156 by Laura Chenault is a collage of an older piece of work featuring the repeating screaming babies that I've been using as an appropriated image since 1988.

This week's random journal spread features the repeating screaming babies that I've been using as an appropriated image since 1988. Stealing from myself again and again and again ;)

Random Journal Page 155

Random Journal Page 155 by Laura Chenault is a spread with black and red torn paper covering a little over half the page and two eggs are positioned in opposite corners.

I really like the yin yan vibe these two eggs create.

Random Journal Page 154

Random Journal Page 154 by Laura Chenault features a found poem created using redacted text that is paired with a photo mural piece that is stained with fix.

This week's spread from one of my sketchbooks features a found poem created using redacted text that is paired with a photo mural piece that is stained with fix.

Random Journal Page 153

Random Journal Page 153 by Laura Chenault has hands doing shadow puppet figures with some green bokeh combined with a skeleton-masked person celebrating dia de los meurtos in San Francisco.

Hands posing in position to create shadow puppets combine beautifully with the skeleton-masked dia de los meurtos celebrator. If you look closely, you'll see an older collage poking out on the left.

Random Journal Page 152

Random Journal Page 152 by Laura Chenault is a vintage seamstress form on golden paper paired with a piece of a fix-stained photograph.

This weeks spread combines a vintage seamstress form combined with a fix-stained section from a mural print.

Random Journal Page 151

Random Journal Page 151 by Laura Chenault is a collage of architectural images and a self portrait with drawn on make-up. The text reads, "The personal is political"

I'm back from a short posting hiatus. This week's spread from one of my sketchbooks. The text in part reads "the personal is political".

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